The first time I sat down with a nomadic family for dinner, I lost count of how many dairy products were on the table. I couldn’t believe it!  There was cream, kurut, fresh butter, kymyz, fresh milk for tea, and the list goes on. Looking back, I don’t know why it surprised me so much though. It makes perfect sense - herding culture equals access to lots of milk. I’m just glad I’m not lactose intolerant!

Since a nomadic lifestyle is the backbone of Kyrgyz culture, it influences much of the cuisine in Kyrgyzstan. Travelers making their way through the country will notice this in the massive amounts of dairy products they find available. Here are some of the most popular:

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